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New Pattern: Eclectic Shawl

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Normally, I would reserve a Wed. post for a WIP. To be honest, though, my entire life feels like a WIP right now. But I don’t want to get into that right now! Instead, I’m just going to come out and show off my newest pattern, the eclectic shawl.

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Eclectic is a shawl pattern very close to my heart. The idea originated several years ago when I put together a quick shawl pattern for my Aunt, who had just been diagnosed with cancer and needed something to keep her warm. I hadn’t even been planning on writing this pattern up, but a couple of months ago her disease, which had been in remission, came back. We all knew the end was near, and I wanted a more tangible connection to her.

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And that is when I started thinking about putting together the pattern. Since I gave her the original Eclectic, she wore it almost every time I’ve seen her. My Aunt’s personality is nothing if not eclectic so I hope you enjoy this interesting combination of different stitch patterns. P1010028

This shawl includes two different stitch patterns. Each pattern includes both charted and written instructions, so we all get to do our own thing 😉 To make the shawl, you need 100g of fingering weight yarn (the sample is knitted in Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock, which creates a lovely halo), US6 needles, and an assortment of stitch markers. P1010040In order to thank my lovely blog readers, I’m offering this pattern for free just for this coming week (until 2/20/13), and then it will go up to $1.99. Of course, you can always just add it to your ravelry library here and download it later! I highly suggest that you check out the project pages of my test knitters- they’ve come up with some beautiful FO’s. The pattern is also part of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program, and will, eventually, be up on their site as well.

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New Design: Swirch Hat

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So, my parade of new designs is finally coming to town! I finished my sample for the Swirch hat over a month ago, but with the testing (thank you to all of my WONDERFUL testers) and some computer problems, it’s taken me until now to post it.

Swirch Hat

The Swirch Hat is made from 2 skeins of Knit Picks Swish DK (100% Superwash Wool, 50g). It’s super slouchy, although the sample is made a size bigger for EXTRA slouch. It’s available in four sizes: child, teen, adult small, and adult large. The are charted AND written directions, so whatever your preference, I’ve got it 🙂

Closer up of the cable pattern

The unique, swirly cable, matched with the adult large size, make it a great gift for the hard to shop for males in your life, and the smaller sizes make simple, stylish accessories for everyone!

Awkward “how do you model knitwear???” picture

For the next two weeks (until July 27), the Swirch Hat will be available for free, but after that time it will go up to $1.99. Find it on ravelry here or directly download the pdf here. Eventually, it will also be up on the Knit Picks Independent Designer’s Program, also for $1.99.

FO Friday: Chrolla

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I finally got the chance to finish up my sample for my newest design, the Chrolla Hat. To be honest, it wasn’t until I actually started the knitting that I fell in love with this hat. While I was working on that interminable ribbing on the US 2’s, it felt like it would take FOREVER. But then I jumped up to the 4’s for the cable and lace patterns, and I just fell in love.

Chrolla!

To me, at least, the stitch patterns become very intuitive and rhythmic without being boring- all of those passing 1 stitch over the next 2 stopped driving me crazy after I finally got the hang of it. At first, I had problems working with the Chroma Fingering, a single ply, but eventually I just realized that I had to take my time and pay attention on to the yarn. And the extra cable every six rounds just added a little spice of flavor to end the monotony! If I may say so myself, those two stitches really ended up being a perfect combination.

Side view! Cables and lace.

Can I tell you a little bit about my FO shots? My wonderful model is my roommate. Unfortunately, we are spending the summer apart. She got hired by our school for some office work, and they gave her FREE housing, so how could she turn that down? On the other hand, I’m living at home as that is FREE and near where my internship is. So, anyway, after spending a year together I was going through separation anxiety, and I managed to drive up and spend last weekend together. It was completely and utterly awesome, and, of course, I brought up some design samples to get some modeled shots 😉

From the back. It looks just a little flower-y, right?

My school is actually right across the street from Colonial Williamsburg, which, in case you don’t know, is a restored colonial city, complete with people walking around in colonial clothes and horse poop on the road and everything. CW is nice enough to give students free access to everything, which we greatly appreciate. Ok, so the reason most students go down there is the Cider Mugs. They’re your standard promotional mug, and you get free refills throughout CW on basically anything. I usually get cider, either cold or hot depending on the weather, but we heard rumors of a magical summer-only place where they have ICE CREAM and ROOT BEER (and a combination of the two). These shots were taken in the garden next to the shack where you can get that magic. Trust me, it was as glorious as it sounds 😉

and now we move into the awkward poses stage of this evening’s entertainment

Anyway, I’m still looking for people to test the Chrolla Hat. If you are at all interested, please check out the page in the Ravelry Free Pattern Testers Forum. I’d love to have you!

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For more FO Fridays, check out Tami’s!

Mostly FO: Corona

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Yesterday I did something that was pretty big for me: I went back and finished up a project that I had written off as dead. For some reason, just when I was doing the finishing work on my Corona Sweater, I decided that it just would not fit. I’m not sure what brought me to this decision, but when I unearthed it while I was unpacking my knitting, I decided that I needed to come to a decision. Either frog it and reclaim the yarn or finish it. Ok, then I decided to put off that decision. I decided that I would finish it AND THEN decide whether to keep it or frog it. And yesterday I did!

Sorry for the awkward mirror shot, but you can tell the fit much better on me!

All I had to do was sew up the seams on the sleeves and graft the underarm stitches together. It only took a couple of hours, and I had a finished sweater! To my surprise, it fits pretty well. Ok, it’s just a tad tighter than I would like, but you can’t tell how much it pulls across the chest if I wear a black camisole underneath it. And I would like it better if it had an extra inch, both on the sleeves and the body. But as it is, it is definitely wearable. Better yet, it is a work-appropriate sweater (with camisole), and I always need those!

cable detailing on the v-neck and collar

The original sweater had a hood, but I nixed that (maybe I thought it would pull too much on my yarn?), and followed someone else’s mods for making the collar go around. I feel really, really bad because I cannot remember who that is, and they had excellent instructions for how to modify the pattern. Besides that, I don’t THINK that I did any other mods…on purpose.

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For those of you who are wondering, I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (75% cotton, 25% acrylic) in the fedora colorway. None of the pictures here really do it justice- it’s a wonderful chocolate brown. My project page says that I bought 11 skeins, and I still have 3 left, so that is pretty good. My project page also says I made the XS, but I had enough stitches on my underarm grafts for the S, so something must have happened there. God, a year seems like forever in knitting time!

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And, ok, it’s not completely finished- I still have to sew in the ends. I’m going to leave that for a time when it is NOT 80 degrees outside, and I’m much closer to actually getting to wear it. For now, there are just too many ends for me to even think about when I’m not going to wear it soon 😉

Swirch Hat

OK, and one more shameless request for test-knitters. If anyone is interested in testing my Swirch Hat Pattern, please, please, please check out the page in the ravlery free pattern testers group. I would really appreciate it!

Uncertainty

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I don’t really have much to tell you today. The secret project is taking a lot longer than I thought it would, and I’m not even sure how I feel about it. I’m pretty much designing it from scratch, and I don’t have a lot of experience with some of the elements that I’m using. The yarn has been a lot more fiddly than I was expecting it to be, which is really, really unfortunate. I feel like I’m a little out of my depth with this one, but hopefully I’ll be able to pull through. We’ll see.

I just finished a rather huge group research project on Teen Pregnancy, which is such a relief. The project itself was BIG, but our Professor basically had us re-do the entire thing after she read our draft, so that was a lot more work than we were thinking it would be.  To celebrate, my group is getting a box of wine (College Budget) and doing a Teen Mom marathon. I feel like this may be the perfect example of the prestigious college experience.

Anyway, I hope the knitting is going a lot better for the rest of you, and I hope to have some content for you guys on Thursday. Maybe I’ll check out the knitting section at the Library and do a review. Hmmm….

New Design! C’Mon Baby (Twist and Slouch)

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Spiraling, from the back!

I have a new pattern out! The C’Mon Baby (Twist and Slouch) hat is a slouchy beret perfect for the hipster in all of us. The lacey, twisting rib will catch the knitter’s attention without being too difficult to remember. Plus, it creates a nice looking hat! I’m particularly in love with the spiral-y thing on the crown.

Side view. My awesome roommate was modeling in Colonial Williamsburg- super fun!

You will need about 80g of worsted weight yarn to complete the project. I recommend anything with some drape. Alpaca blends, like Cascade’s Alpaca Lana D’Oro, work really well. It is a bit big (the model has a larger head…) so pay attention to guage and don’t be afraid of going down a needle size.

Laughing at my photography antics- "put the hat in the light!"

If you’re interested in this FREE pattern, check out the ravelry pattern page here, or directly download the pdf here. As always, you can also see it way on the bottom of my designs page, here.

And it came!

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The package from Knit Picks came in yesterday afternoon. There is so much to talk about! First, there are needles…

US6's- I've already used one to replace my broken one!

This is a new pair of US6 interchangeables. They’re replacing my old pair, which came with my sampler. For some reason one of the 6’s won’t screw all of the way on. They’re usable, but the stitches sometimes get stuck and the fabric will bunch up if I don’t pay attention. This will make working on 6’s much less painless!

honestly, who could resist this photography?

Next comes the book. I added Coastal Knits to the cart, and I am so glad that I did. Of course, I had seen bloggers gushing about it all over the place when it first came out a couple of months ago. In case you haven’t heard of it, Coastal Knits is the brainchild of Hannah Fettig and Alana Dakos (each from a different coast…get it?). I fell in love with the Rocky Coast Cardigan and added the book to the list of things that I must get. Looking through it, I am so glad that I did. Each pattern comes with gorgeous information about the location that inspired it (and that the photography is from), plus it includes some great information on the authors and their favorite indy dyers/yarn producers. It’s such a stunning book, and that’s before I even mention the patterns.

I love how the locations match the patterns.

I know for sure that I plan on making the Rocky Coast Cardigan with the Plymouth Galway Highland Heather that I frogged from my old Garter Yoke Cardigan, but I think I’m going to have to add the Tangled Yoke Cardigan to the list of prospective sweaters. It’s hard not to fall in love with a pattern when it is so beautifully presented. I also love the  Rustling Leaves Beret…add that to the queue, too!

yarn to the left, design to the right...any ideas what it is?

Now, to the yarn. This Wool of the Andes Sport (100% Wool) actually came separately. I submitted a pattern proposal to the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program and they chose to take it! Instead of financial compensation (that comes when someone buys the pattern, just like when you sell on ravelry), they provide you with yarn support. I’m buzzing away on the sample, and after the pattern is written I will be looking for some test knitters!

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Next, I have 6 skeins of Palette in Black. I’ve been goggling the Zest Cardigan ever since I won a copy of the pattern from the author, Fern. It’s wonderfully lacy and open, and I bet it will be a great transitional sweater for the Spring. And I don’t have a black sweater, yet, which is SUCH a problem. Black goes with everything, after all!

it's just a wee bit lighter than it seems- sorry, it's way too rainy and gross for a good picture!

Finally, there’s one skein of City Tweed Heavy Weight (although it’s a worsted weight yarn…) for my Bobsled Mittens from Beyond Toes. I am in pretty desperate need of a new pair of mittens, and I’m excited to try out this new blend (55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acrylic). Hopefully they’ll be snuggly warm! The pattern is pretty interesting- it almost looks as if it is knit on the bias. The solid colorway should highlight that, and the tweed will add just a bit of interest without distracting from the awesome design.

Basically, I’m so excited that the package came in because now I have everything I need for almost all of the projects that I’ve been eyeing for the rest of the winter. Of course, classes have started so the knitting will probably slow. Still, I’ve been craving another cardigan on the needles ever since I finished Livingstone, and hopefully I’ll have one!